These Namibia facts were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids to get more insights into this beautiful country.
The country is located in Southern Africa, an 11-hour flight from London/England or a 3-hour flight from Johannesburg/South Africa. The African country shares state borders with South Africa in the South, Zambia and Botswana in the East and Angola to the North.
On this map you can see where exactly the country is in Southern Africa. You can click on the plus sign and move with the arrows to the left and make the country bigger, then you see the major cities and if you click satellite on the top right, then you can see the layout of the land clearer too.
Namibia is roughly half the size of Alaska.
The most parts of the country lie on a high plateau. The central plateau is over 2,000 metres/2,650 ft. high and borders the Skeleton Coast with the Namib Desert in the West, the Orange River in the South and the Kalahari Desert in the East.
The Namib Desert stretches along the Atlantic ocean over 1,000 km/621 miles with huge dunes as far as the eye can see. This desert is considered the oldest desert in the world and has been arid (dry condition) for more than 55 million years. The Namib also has some of the highest dunes in the world.
The Kalahari Desert stretches along the eastern border of the country and is varied in vegetation. Some parts are very dry and desert-like whereas others have more grassland and mountainous and rocky regions.
The highest mountain in Namibia is the Brandberg mountain ('fire mountain') with its highest peak called Königstein (which is called 'king's peak' in English, actually the name comes from the German and would mean king's rock!) with 2,606m/8550ft.
Namibia is almost as big as half of Alaska, pretty huge! And the vast country is almost as sparsely populated as is Alaska and is the second sparsely populated country on the African continent, after Western Sahara.
Namibia was the first country to sign a statement that includes the protection of the environment into the country's constitution!
In Namibia you can enjoy seeing plenty of wild animals, whether you are visiting places in the desert, close to the Atlantic Ocean or in the bushveld. The Namibian National Parks and Game Reserves are especially good for viewing some the wildlife in Africa.
On this photo you can see lots of animals that came to drink at the waterhole at sunset. We captured this image at the Omaruru Game Lodge in the centre of Namibia.
Most of the people living in Namibia are Black Africans. As Namibia was a former German colony, there are still many Germans living in this Southern African country. In some towns like Swakopmund, Lüderitz and Walvis Bay you will not only find German names on shops, menus and signs, but will also be able to hear many people communicate in German in the streets.
There are many tribes sharing the land, of which there are the Herero (see in the picture with the interesting headwear and often wearing many layers of skirts), the Nama, the Himba and Kavango or the San Bushmen and many others. The Owambo which live mainly in the northern parts of Namibia, are the biggest tribe. More than half of all Namibians belong to the Owambo. More than half of the Namibian belong to this tribe.
Several indigenous African languages are spoken as home languages as well with Oshiwambo being the African local language which is most widely spoken and understood. This is how you can say 'hello' to the locals (in German, in Oshiwambo and in 'Namibian' English):
Even though English is the official language in Namibia, many people are more comfortable speaking Afrikaans or German. About one third of Namibians speak German because Namibia as South West Africa was settled by German immigrants in the last century. Namibia was a German colony between 1884 and 1915 then it became South West Africa and was ruled by South Africa until Independence in 1990. Many Namibians therefore now speak Afrikaans, which is one of the official languages in South Africa, at home.
There is a wide variety of food available in Namibia with the ocean supplying fish and seafood and the farms in the countryside providing lamb, beef and ostriches.
There are as well exotic sounding game dishes made with with kudu and springbok meat in form of steaks, fillets or as ingredient in a typical potjiekos/stew.
The most commonly known dishes are:
Did you know…?
...that Namibia is the second least densely populated country on earth? Only Mongolia is more deserted but it's bigger in size!
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